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AM report for Axel Beckert <abe@deuxchevaux.org>

1. Identification & Account Data
   First name:      Axel
   Last name:       Beckert
   Key fingerprint: F067 EA27 26B9 C3FC 1486  202E C09E 1D89 9593 0EDE
   Account:         abe
   Forward email:   abe@deuxchevaux.org

   ID check passed, key signed by 51 existing developers. I do not include the
   output of keycheck.sh as it would be much longer than the rest of the mail.
   For a list of the signatures you need to get a msd ranking of 129, have a
   look at http://pgp.cs.uu.nl/mk_path.cgi?STAT=95930ede&STATS=statistics

2. Background
   Applicant writes:

        > Finally, please tell me about yourself,

        Studied Computer Science with minor Biology at Saarland

        Currently working as system administrator at Department of
        Physics at ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
        Zurich), mainly responsible for web, mail, dhcp and some
        infrastructure servers, but also helping out with file
        servers, linux workstations and Linux thin clients.

        > > how you came to GNU/Linux and free software,

        All the computers in the students' pools at university ran
        SunOS. I quickly started to like the far better commandline
        compared to DOS. In the very beginning, Linux was for me just
        a way to get those neat features also at home.

        A student fellow gave a SuSE 4.4 CD box during my first
        semester, that became my first personal Linux box which
        survived my whole study time.

        From my second semester until I left university, I was active
        at the computer science students' council. They had quite a
        mixture of unixoid boxes (SunOS, Nextstep, Sinix), but all
        their Linux boxes were running Debian GNU/Linux at that time.

        So after I made my first experiences with SuSE and YaST, I
        tried Debian which my friends at the council already praised
        as stable and easy to upgrade at that time. If I remember
        correctly, I started with Debian 2.0, skipped 2.1 (can't
        remember why), then worked quite a while with 2.2.

        Potato was the version which started to draw my attention to
        Debian. I remembered I got a set of Woody pre-release CDs for
        my birthday, so my friends already knew I preferred Debian.

        During the Woody time I also started contributing to Debian.
        Things I clearly remember are the Linuxday.lu 2003 where I
        installed Woody on my Hamilton Hamstation (a SparcStation 4
        clone) with assistance of Andreas Tille and Sven Luther. Later
        I carried this machine to a Sarge-Release BSP to test the
        Sarge upgrade.

        Can't tell when my interest in the political part of free
        software started, but Debian surely played an not so
        unimportant part in it.  Since FrOSCon 2009, I'm also an FSFE

        During my studies I also started to write my own software
        which I published under GPL. One of these programs is wApua
        which was the first software I packaged for Debian. With that
        software I also learned what the GPL is about and what not
        after noticing that someone used the code in one of his

        > > and why you want to volunteer your time.

        Because I think, Debian is the best Linux (and FreeBSD  :-)
        distribution for me. And probably for many other people, too.
        I would like to make it even better, fit into even more
        niches, becoming even closer to the universal operating system
        it aims to be

        > > Please describe the contributions you have made to Debian,

        Maintaining several packages, the most important ones are:

        conkeror     -- my most popular package. My packaging also
        brought me upstream commit access.
        amora-server -- adopted from upstream packager, also have upstream
        commit access.
        dphys-config -- software which is developed at my employer,
        adopted from a coworker
        blosxom	     -- co-maintainer and upstream release manager, helped
        Rhonda bringing the Debian enhancements back into upstream.

        Caring about ftp.ch.debian.org. This is part of my job, but
        not only done during work times.

        Helping aurel32 and tarzeau to run and maintain io.debian.net
        and asdfasdf.debian.net, the first two Debian GNU/kFreeBSD
        porter machines. Writing porter patches (last two I remember:
        aiccu and i3status 1.x for kfreebsd-*). Running my own
        kFreeBSD box, giving access to porters (screen, bash and ksh
        have been fixed for kFreeBSD on that box by Hessophanes) and
        presenting it at Debian booths as show-case like last weekend
        at BLIT.

        Organized several Debian booths at fairs and other events, at
        least Linuxdays.lu 2003, BLIT 2009, helped organizing the
        booths at ApacheCon 2005 and FOSDEM 2008. Staffed Debian
        booths at many other events. Attended several bug-squashing

        Helped organizing some local Debian birthday, release and
        bug-squashing parties.

        > > your primary areas of interest within Debian,

        There are several main interests which partially overlap:

        * Ports, mostly Debian GNU/kFreeBSD, but also Sparc, Alpha,
          and ARM(EL).

        * Debian on low-end / embedded machines including NSLU2,
        * OpenMoko, Alix boards, MicroClient/eBox and netbooks like
          the early EeePCs.

        * Keyboard-focussed X applications (window managers, browsers,
          etc.) and everything text-mode and commandline.

        > > and any goals you wish to accomplish.

        Helping Debian to keep the big choice of software it offers.
        The big amount of software is one of the things I like a lot
        with Debian, I know it's hard to maintain such a big amount of
        software, so that's one point where I want to help.

        Keeping good contact between package maintainers and upstream
        authors, independent on which side I am.

        Keeping good contact to downstream distributions (especially
        Ubuntu and grml) for my packages, especially conkeror and

2a. Advocate writes
   From: Christoph Berg <myon@debian.org>

         I know Axel since studying at the Saarland University. We were
         both members of the student's council in the CS department. I
         think it was him who teached me how to really configure fvwm.

         He's been a close follower of the open source world in general
         and Debian in specific much longer than I have been, being an
         editor of symlink.ch.

         I have been sponsoring uploads for him for some years now. The
         packages were always in good shape, and discussing ideas for
         improvements with Axel was always a source of inspiration for
         both sides. He is well connected to other parts of Debian as
         well, with co-maintenance of two packages, and having uploads
         sponsored by several people.

         On IRC, XTaran is an #debian.de regular helping users, and
         often keen to dig into issues to find the root of the problem.

         I wholeheartedly recommend Axel to become a Debian Developer.

3. Philosophy and Procedures
   Axel has a good understanding of Debian's philosophy and procedures
   and answered all my questions about the social contract,
   DFSG, BTS, etc. in a good way. He committed to uphold the SC and DFSG
   in his Debian work and accepts the DMUP.

4. Tasks and Skills
   Axel has a good understanding of the technical side of Debian.
   He is maintainer of several packages, for some of them he is also
   the upstream developer.
   All packages are in good shape.
   He also answered my other questions regarding T&S without problems.

5. Recommendation
   I wholeheartedly recommend to accept Axel Beckert as a Debian Developer,
   especially since Axel is doing a lot of good work for Debian for a lot of
   years now (definitely longer than myself), even without being an official
   Debian Developer. He is not only helpful on irc, but also spends a lot of his
   'real life' time on travelling to conferences and meetings to run Debian
   booths and/or hold talks about Debian or related themes.

 Bernd Zeimetz                            Debian GNU/Linux Developer
 http://bzed.de                                http://www.debian.org
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